Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
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July 29, 2016 Issue
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Youth Group Election
Application for positions held during the 2016-2017 school year
Submit application by July 29 here:

Election will be held on
August 12 after 2nd jummah for 1.5 hours (Mirror Hall)
Summary Active Youth Group members with prior volunteer hours [with the masjid or with school] to apply for positions. The positions include President, Vice President, Treasurer[fundraising], Secretary, PR, 2 Spritual Chairs, 2 Service Chairs.

Contact any of the advisors listed on the flyer, ahmad saqr the youth coordinator at, or Fatima Emlemdi.

Submit application by July 29 here:
Youth Development Program (YDP)

The Youth Development Program (YDP) target audience is middle & high school boys and girls and the goal is to develop young men and women with an understanding of religion to incorporate into their everyday lives.

The program consists of Qur'anic education and sports activities. We are initially beginning with a bi-weekly overlapping time schedule, with the hopes of growing into a weekly consistent program. The sessions will be moderated by our new youth coordinator, Ahmad Saqr.

To sign up...

Girls July 31
Middle School 7:00-9:00 AM  Register Here
High School 9:00-11:00 AM  Register Here

Boys August 7
Middle School  At Fajr Iqama  Register Here
High School 2 hours after iqama Register Here 

Juma'a Times
1st Juma'a - 1:15 pm
Dr. Baher Foad
2nd Juma'a - 3:30 pm
Ashraf Traboulsi  
Iqama Times
Fajr: 5:30 AM
Dhuhr: 2:00 PM
Asr: 6:00 PM
Maghrib: Sunset
Isha: 10:40 PM
Ongoing Activities
Senior Group

Girls Teen Club
Friday, August 19

New Muslim's Group
Sundays 12:30 - 2:00pm
Inside the Masjid  

Boys & Dads Club
On summer break 

Kids Quran Program
Classes begin Monday, August 1
August 1-September 9
Mon & Wed 5:00-6:30pm
(Friday is make up day)

Men's Basketball
Mon & Wed
6:30 - 8:30 pm, GYM 

5:00 - 7:00 pm, GYM 

Math Tutoring
High school and middle school students every Sat.

Please contact th e class organizer before attending a class to complete any registration requirements and check if space is available. Email addresses are listed with each class/activity.
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Job Readiness Workshop
Sunday, July 31
Community Room inside the Community Center bldg
Register by email to

Volunteers for Islamic Weekend School Cleanup

Sunday, July 31
Sunday School Classrooms

Some of the Work we will be doing: Take down posters and clear off the walls, arranging desks and wiping them clean, cleaning dry erase boards, taking out trash
Please consider volunteering one hour of your day to make Sunday school clean, healthy, and nourishing for our kids. May Allah swt reward you for all that you do. 

Questions? Email Fatima Emlemdi
ESL Upcoming Session
Classes begin August 1 - Register now!
FREE ESL classes at the brand new Butler Tech Bioscience Center Campus. Call Rahma Community Services
513-512-5801 now to register for classes
Kids Quran Connections

Session 13: Aug 1-Sep 9
Class Days: Monday & Wednesday (Fridays are make up day)
Class Times: 5:00-6:30pm

Printable Registration Form: CLICK HERE

Questions? Contact Sr. Hoda at
Early Childhood Programs at the International Academy
We are open beginning on August 1st
Call to schedule your visit or for questions about Early Childhood Programs at the Academy

International Academy of Cincinnati
8094 Plantation Drive,  West Chester, OH 45069
Open House Masjid Tour

Saturday, August 6

RSVP by NOON on Friday Aug 5th   

Our Community is encouraged to invite neighbors or colleagues who may have questions about Islam. Please ask people to call or email the office by NOON on Friday August 5th so we may accommodate everyone interested. 
ICGC Tours & Talks program: neighbors, houses of worship, schools of all levels and businesses invited to learn and build understanding. Contact us at or go to our website at to schedule a guided tour or speaker.  Here is one feedback along with a tour request out of hundreds we have received about the experience...
"This experience with ICGC will be lasting for all of us.We are so appreciative of what you, Shakila, led to happen decades ago for non-Muslims to understand about Islam in America.  Now we from Holy T carry a very new appreciation for Islam and understanding what are the values of Muslims so similar to those values of us who choose to be Christians.  Surely, it has changed our lives as we see ourselves living together with Muslims in America.  We are most grateful to you, Shakila, Huma, Zeinab, and Nadia."  -From a local church  
Weekend School Registration
Please contact Tilat Rizvi (, 513-256-5868) Or Br. Gulame Asif (, 748-9424) for any questions.
Post Ramadan Announcements

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Time to Renew Your Membership! or Join if You haven't Yet!

Renew Your IEC Membership
For those who pay yearly we would like to encourage you to renew your membership at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati at this time.
Don't forget about the option for monthly automatic deduction from either a checking account or credit card which makes paying your dues even easier and will automatically renew every year!

We Need You!
If you are not a member yet, there is no better time to join. Forms can be picked up in the office M-F 9am-4:30pm
* Flexible dues so that everyone can afford Membership
* Sunday School Discounts
* Hall Rental Discounts
* Eligible to Vote & run for ICGC Executive Board
* Reward from Allah *
* For your Sadqa-e-Jariya

Women's 10-hour SAFE Self-Defense Class
Spots are limited so register now. 
Classes Sep 15 - Oct 13 (Five 2-hour classes)
Lakota West High School
Class instructors are West Chester Police officers
A program offered by the West Chester Police Department expands on the 2 hour SMART Self-Defense class. This class is being offered to women 16 years and older.

SAFE: Self-defense Awareness Fundamental Education, was created as a result of requests by members of the community that had taken the SMART Class and wanted more in depth training. The sessions include guided discussion on topics women could encounter in their everyday lives, with the majority of time spent in rigorous self-defense training. There is a focus on rape prevention, personal protection and self-awareness.

The 10-hour program is free and will be offered for 2-hours a day for 5 days. The program begins September 15 through October 13, 2016 6-8 p.m. Participants must be able to attend all five days for which they register. The class will be offered at Lakota West High School in the wrestling room.

Spots are limited. This is a very physical course so please wear athletic attire.

If you sign-up and are not able to attend, please be courteous and remove your name or call 513-759-7260 to have your name removed. This opens your slot to allow others who would like to attend the class to register.

Click the link below to register:
Xavier Interfaith Project & related Part-time Paid Work

Interfaith Project:
Xavier University is looking for 10 young Muslim professionals (ages 21-30+) to come together with other faith professionals (10 Jewish and 10 Christian) for 3 sessions

The first of these sessions is going to be held at Xavier on 8/21 and is going to be a study on the value and importance of lifelong study in these three traditions. In the following three sessions (Sept 25, Oct 23, Nov 20) we'll be studying on the environment, community responsibility and building a life (dating, married, having kids). These sessions will be at 3 different locations that represent these 3 religions.

Part-time Paid Interfaith Project Work:
Xavier University with the Brueggeman Center is looking for someone in the Muslim Community to work with the Interfaith Project coordinators (Jordy Cohen and Judie Kuhlman) for a few hours every week on the www.InterfaithCincy.orgwebsite. 

Please contact Shabana Shakir Ahmed if you are interested:
New Kiosk for easy Credit Card Donations at the Masjid
Welcome to ICGC's new Donation Kiosk in the masjid atrium! Alhumdolillah for our IT volunteers for getting it up so quickly this week. Please say Bismillah by utilizing it before the end of Ramadan and anytime you would like to make a donation with a credit card. The category of donations are:
- Masjid Operation
- Zakat/Family Assistance
- Ansar/Membership
- Rahma
- Youth
- Fitra

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Register to Vote

In order to exercise their civic duty and have a voice in policies and election of people that will directly effect them as Muslim Americans. Voter Registration forms are available at the Masjid exit after juma'ah, in the Administrative office, or online at the link below.
ICGC's Rahma Community Services is now accepting NEW CLIENTS

If you are looking for employment, education, or have any other needs, give us a call at 513-512-5801 or email at to schedule an appointment.
Join the Communication Team

Do you like to write?
Are you on social media?
Are you good at graphic designing?
We are looking for committed volunteers for our communication team. Following are the roles we are looking for...
1.      Team for social media content (blog, tweet, facebook update, Instagram)
2.      Editors (for articles, editorials, content, event recaps)
3.      Photographer (to capture events)
4.      Media coordinator (update media contacts, reach out)
5.      Historian - captures and archives our history including interviews with our founders

Contact Nazim at

Amazon & Kroger Programs that Benefit the Masjid
Re-enrollment is required every year so even if you have signed up before please remember to re-enroll! The Masjid benefited from 60 families being enrolled last year!

ICGC is identified on these websites as "Islamic Educational Council"
Islamic Center In The News

Every community has a narra tive.  Either that community controls the narrative or the narrative cont rols the community.   Now more than ever the American Muslim community has to take control of the narrative. This can only be achieved if as a community we are building bridges and inroads with media.  Media outlets want to cover stories and do pieces that people are interested in. They want viewers, readers, comments, and discussions.  It is critical that as a community we are more visible and more vocal in the media.
We have been blessed for wide and positive coverage of the Center.  When there is positive coverage we must all give feedback and acknowledge and appreciate the work of the media. Please take a few minutes to review the media links and give positive feedback where you feel comfortable.
Nadeem Quraishi
ICGC Communications/PR Initiative